Ethics by Scott Wilkes
Ethics by Scott Wilkes
SOCIAL WORK ETHICS
Issue in Child Welfare
GOALS & OBJECTIVES
To discuss how we define ethics.
To examine personal values related to ethics.
To briefly review key ethical principles.
To explore the distinction between ethical dilemma
and practice dilemmas.
To review an ethical decision making model.
To participate in a group discussion regarding an
Rules and Regulations
Standards of Practice
Resolution of Ethical Dilemmas
KEY ETHICAL PRINCIPLES
A characteristic of individuals who “integrate”
their values into their character & make
ethical choices as a result. It requires three
of the right values
The right motive (character)
Doing the right thing (conduct)
The capacity of an individual to determine the
course of his/her life though the choices that
he/she makes. Enables individuals to
Comes from need for self-determination and
is based on the provision of complete &
accurate information regarding the nature of
the intervention & a discussion about the
possible consequences of the intervention.
Requires the protection of information that is
shared within the professional-client
relationship. It allows for development of trust.
There are exceptions based upon:
Supervision and consultation
Danger to self or others
Suspicion of abuse or neglect
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Two specific elements must be present:
1. A social worker is entrusted to exercise objective
judgment in the service of another party; and
The social worker has an interest that would lead
a reasonable person to believe that the interest
could interfere with the objectivity of the
ETHICS &VALUES DEFINED
Ethics – A philosophical discipline concerned
with the morality of human behavior and right
Values –The customs, principles and
standards of conduct considered desirable by
a culture, group of people, or individual.
How would you rank the following values from (1)
most important to (5) least important?
___ National Security
___ Justice & Equality
___ Spiritual Salvation
___ Personal Joy
___ Family Loyalty
How might these values influence your practice?
When a social worker must choose between two or
more relevant, but contradictory, ethical directives, or
when every alternative results in an undesirable
When a social worker encounters two or more
potential courses of action in the delivery of services.
Miriam is a child care social worker. She has been asked
to work with Amina, a 13 year old girl alleged to have been
sexually assaulted by an adult cousin. Miriam has
removed Amina from her home in order to maintain her
continued safety. Test results confirm Amina is 2 months
pregnant and may be infected with HIV. Amina would like
to give the baby up for adoption. Amina’s mother also
consents to the adoption and believes it to be in Amina’s
best interest. Since Miriam is now the working with the
family, she must also sign the adoption consent forms.
Miriam refuses to sign the consent citing strong personal
beliefs that the child should remain a part of the family.
What should Miriam do?
Do you agree with Miriam? Why?
What are the personal values impacting
What are the ethical issues involved?
How should this issue be resolved?
Be knowledgeable about social work values and
the code of ethics.
Develop self awareness of your own personal
values through critical reflection.
Use a frameworks to help clarify conflicting
values and ethical dilemmas.
Understand that it is neither possible nor
desirable to be totally neutral with respect to